• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body, Psychology, Project Management, Clinical Psychology, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course is not offered in 2018.

Industrial and Organisational psychology are areas of psychology that concerns the scientific study of human behaviour in workplaces and organisations. They are specialist areas that apply psychological knowledge to the work context, with the aim of improving organisational effectiveness and the quality of work life. This 6 unit course involves the application of core areas of psychology (personality, motivation, learning, health, group processes, intergroup relations) to an organisational context.

This course will cover the main topics in these fields including personnel selection, performance management, training and development, motivation, teams, leadership, and organisational culture and change. A distinctive aspect of the course is a focus on the social psychology of organisations and as a result the role of group psychology and processes in organisational functioning. There is a recognition that Industrial and Organisational psychology are concerned with the impact of organizational strategy and culture, structures, and processes on the individual (and vice versa) and not the individual in isolation (e.g., individual counseling in a work context).

In lectures students can expect to gain an overview of key topics in Industrial and Organisational Psychology and in the laboratory program more practical know-how about how to effectively work with others in a team environment (team work, leadership dynamics, giving and receiving feedback). Many aspects of the laboratory program will mirror management-type training with group exercises followed by discussion and exploration of team dynamics. Students will be required to translate relevant theory and research to practical
settings and problems and to give a group presentation to the laboratory class on a recruitment process.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Identify, explain and trace the origins of key concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in industrial and organisational psychology from lectures, readings, assignments and interactions with the course convener, tutors and peers.
  2. Evaluate and analyse how personnel assessment and selection and how organisational identity and culture (norms, practices) can affect employee and organisational functioning.
  3. Demonstrate and apply research methods, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation that applies to industrial and organisational psychology.
  4. Describe and discuss to a general lay audience the way theory and research in Industrial and
  5. Organisational Psychology applies to real-world issues and challenges and the practice of industrial and organisational psychology.
  6. Demonstrate a high degree of understanding of the distinctive role of organisational psychology in addressing whole-of-organisation functioning.
  7. Have effective and efficient written and oral communication skills facilitated through report writing, small group discussion, and presentations to class.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Course Reading Assessment where students will be asked a specific question in labs based on the Course Reading listed in this handout (15%) (LO1, 2)
  • A group presentation outlining an Assessment and Selection Process for Staff Recruitment (20%) (LO 2-6)
  • A Laboratory Report on Training Effectiveness Exercise (25%) (LO1, 2, 4, 6)
  • Final Exam (40% short answer and essay questions). (LO1-4, 6)

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24 hours of lectures, 16 hours of laboratory classes (overall expected workload of 10 hours per week,
including personal study time).

Prescribed Texts

There is no textbook for this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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